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Brakes for a touring tandem

Old 01-03-11, 09:07 AM
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I want to thank everyone for all the input on this topic. As Tandemgeek said, the best answer to most questions usually falls somewhere in the middle. Therefore, given our relatively low weight, but taking into account our inexperience, we've decided to go with rim brakes and a drag brake, but to also add a disc mount on the rear stays for the possibility of adding a rear disc in the future.

As of right now, we're going with a SON28 front hub and White industries rear, both 48h with Velocity Dyad rims. I'm not a weight weenie by any means, but it's hard for me to justify the use of the Velocity Chukkers for our application, as was suggested by the 550 lb team. I'm a firm believer in the strength of well built wheels, and think that the wheels we're having built will still be complete overkill for us.

Thanks again!
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We're the same weight and toured with 40 lbs. on Deep V 36H rims with no adjustments or problems at all. We run 28c Vittoria Rubino Pro Tech at 120 lbs. when loaded, Conti 4000 25c at 120 lbs. unloaded. We and bike did very well with that setup on pavement Though we were less happy on gravel when loaded, those rims and tires still worked fine for short stretches of a few miles.
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Thanks Tandemgeek for such a nice wrap-up!
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I use both sistems.
On my first touring tandem I have 2 Shimano V-brakes and a drum brake in the front hub. On a step descent, in rain, I cannont slow down the tandem whit all 3 brakes! It was'nt a nice feeling.
On the second touring tandem a use just 2 disc brake BB7 with 203mm rotors. No problem. I ride 4 days in mountains in rainy condition. I can stop the tandem with one finger. Don't forget about rain and mud, this can destroy the rim brakes.
I always ride fully loaded, plus a trailer. More than 200 kilos - we 2 , bike, trailer, paniers.
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My 98 Co-Motion has rim brakes plus a Arai drum brake on the original build up. I am switching to Rolf Tandem Rims which will eliminate the drum brake. Unfortunally Co-Motion didnt have the rear disc brake mount on there 98 frames. I was concerned with just having rim brakes but I since talked to a rep at Co-Motion and he said the Rolf Tandem Rims should have no problem. I don't plan on riding down to many long steep grades!
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Originally Posted by bkmdano12 View Post
...I was concerned with just having rim brakes but I since talked to a rep at Co-Motion and he said the Rolf Tandem Rims should have no problem. ...
Oh?, and why would that be??
Or is it just that any old rims (and any old brakes) would do because you don't plan on riding down steep grades?

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